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On the wire:

Enlisted Association of the National Guard joins fight to protect benefits
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Business Wire
The organization dedicated to serving over 414,000 Army and Air National Guard members has joined the fight to preserve and protect commissary and exchange benefits for our troops, veterans and their families. The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits recently announced that the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States has joined the Coalition as a Valued Associate member.

Comprised of some of the largest and most prominent veterans and military service organizations, Save Our Benefit Valued Associates now represent 1.5 million service members, veterans and their families. EANGUS joins other Valued Associate members concerned by the ongoing threats to commissary and exchange benefits.



Latest from DeCA:

Updated sequestration guidance

As stated in previous correspondence to you, I am again providing an update to agency planning activities due to sequestration and the increased scrutiny of certain activities. As you are probably aware, the president issued an order implementing the 2011 Budget Control Act which called for the sequestration of funds. To that end, we have been diligent in following the guidance provided regarding the execution of our FY 2013 funding given the budget uncertainty associated with not only of sequestration, but the effect of the continuing resolution as well. The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness has provided further guidance in the wake of the president's issuance of the order to sequester funds. Based on previous guidance from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, we have already implemented several action items below.


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Here is an update of the guidance to date:
  • Travel, other than that which is mission critical, has been stopped.
  • Further, all training (to include tuition assistance) and conference expenditures not required to maintain professional certification has been stopped as well, based on new guidance from the DoD.
  • We are under an agency-wide hiring freeze. No external hiring may occur. At this point, any external hire must be approved at the DoD level. Internal hire requests should continue to follow guidance provided by HR.
  • Effective immediately, overtime and compensatory time will stop. If overtime is absolutely essential to mission critical requirements, exceptions must be elevated through your chain for decision authority.
  • We will continue planning for potential furlough action(s), consistent with mission and the appropriate OPM/OMB guidance.
  • Use of contract support services in your offices should be carefully >reviewed. There should be no increase in the level of these services.
  • Effective immediately, all monetary awards will be stopped, unless legally required, until further notice.
All plans and actions are fluid and subject to change and I will continue to keep you apprised as they occur.

Thanks again for all you do every day in serving the greatest and most deserving customers in the world — our nation's military and their families!

Joseph H. Jeu
Director and Chief Executive Officer, SES Defense Commissary Agency
1300 E Avenue
Fort Lee, VA 23801-1800
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Fax: 804-734-8244
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Furlough timelines:

DoD furloughs to begin April 26, with almost no exceptions
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FederalNewsRadio, Jared Serbu
The vast majority of the Defense Department's civilian workforce will begin to receive notifications as soon as next week that they should expect to be furloughed for 22 days this year. Actual furloughs will begin before the end of April, and there will be virtually no leeway as to whether an employee is furloughed or for how long.

Fewer workers, higher contributions toward retirement sought
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The Washington Post, Eric Yoder
The federal workforce would be reduced by attrition and employees would pay more toward their retirement benefits under the budget plan recently unveiled by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Defense Department:

DoD preps war on unhealthy lifestyles
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Army Times, Patricia Kime and Karen Jowers
The Pentagon is planning a militarywide effort to influence the lifestyles of troops and families, aiming to change bad habits such as smoking, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating, according to a source with knowledge of the new program.


Budget:

US budget deal in doubt; Obama's trip to Hill reveals split
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The New York Times, Jeremy W. Peters and Ashley Parker
President Barack Obama's recent meeting with a restive and resistant House Republican majority underscored their deep divisions over fiscal policy as both sides acknowledged that an overarching budget compromise was in doubt despite a new push by the White House.

Senate Democrats' budget would halve $500 billion DoD sequestration cuts
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Defense News, Patricia Kime and Karen Jowers
A U.S. Senate Democratic budget blueprint would get rid of about half the Pentagon budget cuts mandated under sequestration, but congressional Republicans have bristled at the way it would do so.

Cuts give Obama path to create leaner military
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The New York Times, David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker
At a time when $46 billion in mandatory budget cuts are causing anxiety at the Pentagon, administration officials see one potential benefit: there may be an opening to argue for deep reductions in programs long in President Obama's sights, and long resisted by Congress.


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Businesses in military towns brace for budget hit
The Associated Press via The News & Observer
Like many who make their living in the commercial strip outside the gates of Fort Bragg, Mike Thomas is confident the $85 billion in automatic military spending cuts will hurt sales at his used car lot and rim shop. While it remains too soon to measure the exact impact for small businesses that thrive on the civilians employed at the nation's largest military posts, owners already are bracing for the damage.
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Air Force might suspend tuition assistance program
Dayton Daily News
The Air Force will consider suspending a tuition reimbursement program for airmen under pressure from the Department of Defense to make "significant reductions" to the program for incoming applicants.
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Federal workers brace for furloughs
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
First there was a two-year pay freeze. Now furloughs loom, as federal agencies make personnel costs a prime target for across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect last week. The result: anxiety and low morale in a workforce often envied for its job security.
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COMMISSARY NEWS


New Air Force 'Better Foods. Better Bodies.' healthy-eating campaign pilots at 3 bases
Joint Base Andrews
The Office of the Air Force Surgeon General and Air Force Medical Operations Agency Health Promotion office have launched a pilot campaign recently focused on motivating Airmen and their families to eat healthier. The campaign — which adopted the tagline "Better Foods. Better Bodies." — aims to raise awareness of healthy food options, increase knowledge of good nutritional choices and motivate Airmen and their families to eat better, both on and off base.
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DeCA among top produce retailers
Noodls
The Defense Commissary Agency has been chosen by the Produce for Better Health Foundation as one of their retail fruits and veggies champions for 2012. Every year, Produce for Better Health names the top retailers that supported their "Fruits & Veggies - More Matters" national campaign. In 2012, DeCA was among 15 retailers chosen as leaders in the produce world.
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DeCA's finances meet highest accountability standards
DCMilitary.com
For the 11th consecutive year, the Defense Commissary Agency has earned an unqualified opinion for its financial statements, as certified by independent auditors. In accounting language, "unqualified opinion" means that DeCA's financial statements are fairly represented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Ultimately, this means that every dollar appropriated to deliver the commissary benefit and every dollar generated in sales is accounted for, said agency Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu.
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Linen/mat rental and cleaning
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Linen/mat rental and cleaning services, various Defense Commissary locations in California, Alabama, Utah, Arizona, West Virginia, Maryland, Indiana and Tennessee. The Period of Performance will be for a base period of June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014, and will include four one-year option periods that may extend performance through May 31, 2018. This Request for Quotation will be issued on or about March 21 with a tentative closing date of April 22. This acquisition is being issued as Unrestricted.
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Towels, spicy carrots at front of latest US consumer products push
Reuters
With the U.S. economic recovery struggling to take hold, household goods companies are betting consumers will pay for the latest versions of paper products, shampoo and baby carrots — wrapped in the safety of proven brand names. Super-strong versions of Bounty paper towels are on tap, as are new flavors of Oscar Mayer bologna, all in an effort to squeeze out fresh sales from old brands.
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Major grocer to label foods with gene-modified content
The New York Times
Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain, is the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores, a move that some experts said could radically alter the food industry. A. C. Gallo, president of Whole Foods, said the new labeling requirement, to be in place within five years, came in response to consumer demand. "We've seen how our customers have responded to the products we do have labeled," said Gallo. "Some of our manufacturers say they've seen a 15 percent increase in sales of products they have labeled."
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Tuna recall expands to more than 3 million cans
USA Today
A recall of Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea tuna has expanded and includes more than 3 million 5-ounce cans that the companies say were improperly sealed at a California plant. No illnesses have been reported and the manufacturing problem that caused the mistake has been fixed, the companies say.
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FDA marks 40 years of National Nutrition Month
Progressive Grocer
In honor of the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding consumers to rely on the Nutrition Facts Label when they're deciding which foods to buy. Now in its 20th year, the label lets shoppers know exactly what they're eating and helps them make choices that can improve their long-term health, according to the government agency. Under its "Read the Label" initiative, the FDA offers the following tips for those who haven't previously consulted the resource.
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Meet the supermarket dietitian
U.S. News & World Report
America, as you know, has a health problem. We're fat and worried about it and waking up to the forces that got us here. As a result, our nation is obsessed with food — hungry for the know-how to eat well and stay healthy amid so many demands on our time and money. Grocers know this and are responding in several ways, key among them: employing dietitians. And that means that supermarkets are starting to change vastly.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., March 14, 2013.

PROMOTIONS
DP #8, Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #11, WW Promotion Package, Father's Day Bargains/US Army Birthday.
Easter, Update #2.
Father's Day, Update #1.
Mother's Day, Update #2.
Severe Weather, Update #2.

NOTICES TO TRADE
13-58, Extension of Worldwide Pre-packaged Salad Program.
13-61, Fabric Softener & Laundry Detergent Additive Live Test Set Date.
13-62, Store Reset Dates.
13-63, Store Reset Dates – Patuxent.
13-64, Store Reset Dates – Ft. Bragg South.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-11.
NEW ITEM ON WEBSITE: Fill Rate Reports: These are new fill rate reports and are filed under "Performance Measures – Fill Rate Reports". We will receive these Excel File reports biweekly. One report file is an Item Fill Rate report and has workbooks reflecting the rates by Company, Distributor, Buyer and Category Manager. The other file is a New Item Fill Rate report and has workbooks reflecting the rates by Distributor, Company, Category, Buyer and New Items. During the latter part of 2012 DeCA established specific fill rate objectives for industry. Since that time the Commissary Council Business Systems & Processes Committee has been working collectively to develop analytical tools to measure performance. Although there are several refinements to the reports, the core information being reported provides valuable insight to industry members on areas needing additional focus to meet or exceed the performance standards. Additionally, we understand that the Category Managers and Buyers are using these reports.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

SAVE THE DATES
April 24, 2013: ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.
Registration open - April 25–26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.
June 18, 2013: ALA Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.



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Save calories at the grocery store
FitSugar
You're headed to the grocery store with a list in hand and a stack of reusable bags. You grab a cart and are ready to go to town, but if you buy the wrong things week after week, a little weight gain is sure to happen. Keep the following calorie-saving tips in mind the next time you go grocery shopping.

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Commissary workers brace for furloughs
WVEC-TV
As the military's civilian employees prepare for pay cuts because of the sequester, workers at commissaries are bracing for the same furloughs. This week the Pentagon announced that all 247 of the military commissaries worldwide will likely have to close an additional day each week.

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2 Italy-bound 173rd units now staying in Germany
Stars and Stripes
U.S. Army Europe will reroute a pair of Italy-bound combat units to Germany and begin eliminating 2,500 positions in support units across the theater. The moves are the latest phases in a lengthy restructuring shaped by a broader Army drawdown.

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Call for contributors
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the ALA Executive Briefing, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ALA, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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HP ranks high on Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® List
I'm thrilled to share with you the recent announcement that HP has been ranked No. 18 on G.I. Jobs' Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list. This ranking places us well above all our major competitors and reflects the quality of HP's programs aimed at recruiting veterans.

Selection criteria for the Top 100 include the strength of recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service. The list was compiled from a survey of 5,000 companies whose annual revenues exceeded $500 million.

Although this marks HP's first appearance on the list, we have a long history of supporting veterans, tracing back to Bill Hewlett's service during WWII and Dave Packard's position as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense. Over the past few years, we've made significant strides in reaffirming our commitment to veterans and in 2011, decided to really emphasize veteran hiring in our overall recruiting efforts. Last year, the AMS Staffing Organization/HR Global Operations in collaboration with Enterprise Services US Public Sector launched an innovative program to attract and support veterans and promote HP as an employer of choice across the veteran community. We hired new leaders, George Randle and Dan Piontkowski, to spearhead this effort and work with US Public Sector's Katie Bowen to pilot this new program and to create a Veterans Employee Resource Group. We are now laying the foundation for implementing this program across all U.S. business units. As part of this effort, we launched a special mentoring program in August to help ensure the success of the veterans we hire.

We also strongly support military, White House, and private sector initiatives to help ensure veterans find employment when their service ends, including:
  • 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of U.S. companies whose collective goal is hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020
  • Joining Forces, a White House initiative led by Michelle Obama to connect servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses with the resources they need to find jobs at home
  • PaYS, the U.S. Army's Partnership for Youth Success program, which guarantees job interviews for enlistees after they leave the Army
  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program
  • Employer Partnership of Armed Forces, to link prospective employees directly to companies
In addition, we're active participants in job fairs targeting veterans, including Service Academy Career Conferences for graduates of U.S. military academies and Hiring Our Heroes job fairs. We've launched the Veterans@HP marketing campaign to generate interest in HP among job seekers. We strongly support the Wounded Warrior community and we provide philanthropy to a range of veterans' organizations.

Our commitment to the men and women who serve is unwavering. It is truly a "Make it Better" story worth celebrating! Congratulations to our entire Veterans Program Team, with special thanks to George, Dan and Katie along with Susan Graye, Clay Kelley, Robert Arosteguy, and all the others throughout our organization who play an important role in supporting our veterans.

Thanks,
Tracy

The full Top 100 list and HP's company profile can be found on www.MilitaryFriendly.com. Now in its 10th year, the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list is the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment.

If you would like to get involved or learn more, please visit the OneHP and SharePoint sites below:

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http://ent22.sharepoint.hp.com/teams/VHP/SitePages/Home.aspx

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Imagining a swap meet for e-books and music
The New York Times
The paperback of "Fifty Shades of Grey" is exactly like the digital version except for this: If you hate the paperback, you can give it away or resell it. If you hate the e-book, you're stuck with it. The retailer's button might say "buy now," but you are in effect only renting an e-book — or an iTunes song — and your rights are severely limited. That has been the bedrock distinction between physical and electronic works since digital goods became widely available a decade ago.
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Consumers favor traditional online vs. social media for shopping info
MediaPost
Despite all the hype around social media, consumers remain more likely to obtain or share shopping-related information via more traditional online channels. In fact, consumers report using email and other more established online channels about half of the time to share shopping information, according to new research from Radius Global Market Research.
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FTC takes on text message spam with 8 lawsuits
Adweek
It may be illegal to send text spam, but that hasn't stopped companies from bombarding consumers with hundreds of millions of text messages. Cracking down on the practice, the Federal Trade Commission said it has filed eight lawsuits against companies that have collectively sent more than 180 million unsolicited text messages.
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E-Commerce: 3 ways same-day delivery will change retail
Advertising Age
With Amazon's same-day delivery under way, and Google Shops reportedly next, the clock is ticking on traditional retailers who'll need new ways to lure customers.
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Wal-Mart: Some shoppers shun online credit card use
Supermarket News
Many online shoppers still appear to be hesitant to pay online using a credit card, according to anecdotal evidence recently presented by a top Wal-Mart Stores executive. Bill Simon, chief executive officer, Wal-Mart U.S., noted that a "substantial portion" of its customers who use the "Pay with Cash" service offered on its website — through which customers order a product online and pay for it at a physical store — actually pay using a credit card at the store.
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Poor mobile app performance could stifle retail sales
MediaPost
Mobile will generate one-quarter of retail sales by 2014, and the apps from which consumers make purchases will generate multi-terabytes of real-time data. But getting apps to work well remains a major challenge.
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Report: 58 percent of affluent consumers use smartphones while watching TV
Luxury Daily
The majority of affluent consumers regularly multitask with media on multiple screens, including laptops, smartphones and tablets, according to the latest Mendelsohn Affluent Barometer. Since most affluent consumers are multitasking while consuming media, luxury marketers need to make sure their message stands out on the proper platforms to reach their audience.
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Report: J.C. Penney lays off 2,200 store and office associates
Chain Store Age
The ax has fallen — again — at J.C. Penney Co. The retailer recently laid off approximately 2,200 employees in its stores and district offices, The Dallas Morning News reported. The majority of the staff cuts occurred in some 100 stores that had significant sales declines last year, spokeswoman Daphne Avilla said in the report, with Penney adjusting the employee count to match each store's new level of business.
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Modest gains for retailers in February, led by Costco and Limited Brands
Chain Store Age
Costco Wholesale Corp., Limited Brands and TJX Cos. recently reported better-than-expected sales for February, as growing employment and a surging stock market apparently offset the impact of higher taxes. (Some analysts cautioned, however, that the monthly figures have become less influential as an economic indicator as the number of retailers reporting on a monthly basis has dropped considerable. As of this month, Target and Kohl's are no longer reporting monthly sales.)
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Healthy offerings on retail menu at shopping centers
USA Today
VideoBriefNeighborhood shopping centers are becoming health havens. Health clubs, organic food stores, workout apparel and frozen-yogurt shops are playing into the fight against obesity.
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American Eagle Outfitters outlook soft
Reuters
American Eagle Outfitters Inc recently gave a profit forecast that fell short of Wall Street expectations and said same-store sales would fall in the current quarter, a setback for a company that has been winning market share from rivals.
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Clothing companies trying to find more direct paths to customers
The New York Times
While exact numbers are hard to come by, many new apparel brands have decided to forgo the traditional wholesale route of selling through multibrand boutiques and department stores. "There is no doubt that there is a trend toward direct selling," said James Dion, founder of Dionco, a Chicago retail consultancy. "And it's been aided by the Internet, which has given that smaller brand the ability to go direct to the consumer." As with most trends, however, direct selling is not for everyone.
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Online career fair to link retailers, vets
STORES
Putting America's military veterans to work when they return is an important part of getting the economy moving again – and retailers are proving eager to help. NRF will work with Veteran Recruiting Services to help connect employers with veterans to hold a nationwide online job fair on April 25 just for retailers. Editor's note: ALA member companies are on target to exceed the President of the United States goal of hiring 25,000 veterans before 2014. This goal will be exceeded in 2013 ahead of target date.
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Top 8 reasons you weren't hired
Military.com
No matter who you are or what your profession is, getting rejected on a job application is always a bit disheartening. It takes a lot of time and energy to build your resume, search for listings, and develop connections. If all that work falls flat, it can be all too easy to overlook the real reasons why you weren't hired. Check out the following list from U.S. News of the top eight possible reasons you didn't get a job, and our solutions to them.
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Wal-Mart says its smaller stores make inroads
The Wall Street Journal
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said its smaller-format stores are making inroads against competitors like dollar stores, supermarkets and pharmacies, and that the locations will play an integral role in the company's future. "You'll see us increasingly moving into smaller formats," said Bill Simon, head of Wal-Mart's U.S. division. "They compete really well against multiple channels."
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Websites showcase private-label baby brands
Supermarket News
Kroger and A&P are among the retailers building awareness of private-label baby products with dedicated websites that feature editorial content for new parents. A&P's site, livebetterbaby.net, showcases the retailer's America's Choice line of baby products, including diapers, cotton swabs, infant formula, baby wash and laundry detergent. Parents who join the Live Better Baby Club can receive store coupons and discounts. Visitors to the site can also download coupons for Beech-Nut, a national brand of baby food.
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Best Buy ends flexible work program for its corporate employees
Star Tribune
Best Buy Co. recently said it has ended its program that allowed corporate employees to control their schedules and how often they showed up at the company's Richfield headquarters. Known as Results Only Work Environment, the company evaluated employees solely on performance versus time worked and office attendance. Employees worked when they wanted and wherever they wanted just as long as they got the job done.
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Kohl's, sans chief marketer, plans to boost TV, digital ad spending
Advertising Age
Kohl's, which is now without a chief marketer, plans to make major changes to its marketing strategy in the coming year to reach a broader base of customers.
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Best Buy counts on appliances for sales revival
Star Tribune
When Best Buy Co. Inc. CEO Hubert Joly visited stores during his first week on the job in September, he quickly noticed something was amiss. Why, he asked, did some locations relegate some appliances to the back of the store when they should be more up front and center? After all, Joly correctly noted, appliances both large (refrigerators, cooking ranges, washing machines) and small (blenders, toaster ovens) have been hot items recently, one of the few growth categories that Best Buy has only begun to tap.
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Target puts boutique Shops on hiatus
Star Tribune
The Shops at Target likely won't be being setting up shop anytime soon. The Minneapolis-based retailer said it has no immediate plans to revive the concept, in which nearly a half-dozen boutique shops around the country create merchandise to sell exclusively in Target stores.
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Retail gains jobs in February
Women's Wear Daily
Apparel and general merchandise retailers added jobs in February as employers added a total of 236,000 to non-farm payrolls and the unemployment rate dipped to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent. (Subscription required.)
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HSN launching major ad campaign
Women's Wear Daily
For the first time in a decade, HSN is utilizing an agency for a major branding campaign to tout what it is selling and to prospect for customers.
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Cleanup in Aisle 3: How retailers will avoid slipups in the digital age
AllThingsD
There was a time when retail was a fairly straightforward business. Buy inventory with an eye to customer demand, put out a "Yes, We're Open!" sign, provide friendly customer service and repeat. Technology has changed that, and the advent of information-on-demand and Internet-enabled mobile devices is pushing retailers to adapt their practices in order to attract and keep customers with increasing expectations of transparency and personalization.
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Retail sales will tell if tax hikes hurt economy
USA Today
Consumers' taxes went up Jan. 1, but it looks like they've kept spending despite a hike in payroll taxes that cost the average family about $20 a week. Despite predictions that a 2 percentage-point climb in Social Security taxes would slow the recovery, preliminary data suggest that consumers have kept up their consumption, in part by cutting savings to levels not seen since 2007.
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Tribute to Ollie Bates
Greetings to all Vendors & Brokers to the U.S. Military Resale System:

My name is Marc Michals. As Co-Chair and on behalf of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the ALA, we personally want to invite you to the 2013 Hampton Road's ALA Jerry Jared GALA, which this year is in memory and honor of our dear friend, Mr. Ollie Bates III.

The event will be held on Tuesday April 2, from 5:30-10 p.m., in the beautiful Rose Garden Hall of the Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

We are pleased to confirm that our featured guest will be NEXCOM CEO Mr. Robert J. Bianchi, Rear Adm, SC USN (Ret).

Please help! All net proceeds will go to the HR ALA Military Resale System Scholarship and charities funds. The HR ALA annual scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are dependents of Military Families or employees of the Military Resale System. This community consists of military personnel (active, retired or reserve), civilian employees or retirees of the Navy Exchange System, civilian employees or retirees of the Defense Commissary Agency, civilian employees or retirees of the Army Air Force Exchange System, civilian employees or retirees of the Marine Corps Exchange System and civilian employees or retirees of the Coast Guard Exchange System.

Our fundraising is down from last year and these kids need your help! In 2012, we broke all records in raising contributions for the HR ALA scholarship and charity funds. Please help us break a new record for 2013 with your pledge today.

Corporate sponsorships are available as follows:
  • PLATINUM Sponsors: $2,500+
    Sponsorship includes sponsor provided banner to be hung prominently locations throughout the GALA venue, table top logos on reserved guest table & highest level logo on welcome board, program & PowerPoint Presentation.

  • GOLD Sponsors: $1,500
    Sponsorship includes table top logos sit tables & 2nd highest level logo on welcome board, program & PowerPoint Presentation.

  • SILVER Sponsors: $1,000
    Sponsorship includes table top logos on Cocktail tables 3rd highest level logo welcome board, program & PowerPoint Presentation.

  • BRONZE Sponsors: $750
    Sponsorship includes 4th highest level logo welcome board, program & PowerPoint Presentation.
We are actively soliciting silent and live auction items. Last year, we auctioned items such high value items as an original Eli Manning/New York Giants autographed Helmet, COBY HDTV and assorted electronics, Taylor-Made golf set, gift baskets, Jimmy Buffett signed prints and guitar, everything golf (ALA staple), etc.

Please feel free to reply back with any questions, sponsor, pledges, auction items, etc. We are honored to help.

Any questions on auction donations may be directed either to me or to Nick Cohen: ncohen@ussalescorp.com (757-340-4000, Ext. 331).

Tickets are available for purchase through Mr. Paul Wehner MDV email: Paul.wehner@mdvnf.com.

A special thanks to this year's committee for helping create an elegant event: Tommie Draper (OSC), Nick Cohen (U.S. Sales), Stacey Cartwright (OSC), Heather Snowa (U.S. Sales), J.D. Fenessy (Del Monte), Hank Sheffer (S&K), and Diane Maxwell (S&K).

Thank you for being a part of the Military Resale community.

Marc Michals
Resale Advertising Director
Commissary Specials / Judy Johnson Direct
www.militaryshoppers.com
Military Media, Inc.
Phone: 757-620-8418
Fax: 757-481-2761
Hampton Road's ALA BOD & GSA Member

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Why the swipe fee 'settlement' is far from settled
Retail's BIG Blog
Craig Shearman, the National Retail Federation's VP of Government Affairs PR, writes, "When I first got 'volunteered' to do PR on swipe fees half a dozen years ago, I thought this was a subject for what my old boss on Capitol Hill used to call 'green eye-shaded accountants.' Who could care about a couple of percentage points on a credit or debit card transaction? It turns out credit card swipe fees add up to $30 billion a year and have tripled over the past decade. Retailers have been fighting these fees for years, but a key turning point in that battle is coming in the next couple of months."
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Can natural gas replace regular gasoline?
Yahoo Finance
Natural gas is abundant, clean and far cheaper than diesel. That has the U.S. transportation and auto industries looking for ways to kick their dependence on dirtier fossil fuels. After years of debating how to tap domestic energy sources, new innovations in the sector have created a boom in U.S. energy production. And natural gas is now being viewed as something of a panacea for much of what ails the world's largest economy — cheaper energy could make U.S. manufacturing globally competitive again.
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How corporate strategy affects your supply chain
By Robert V. Stein
Your supply chain is one of the most important aspects of your business. It keeps your customers satisfied, workers employed and business doors open. Although many outside influences can impact your supply chain, one of the greatest impacts on your supply chain that you can control is your corporate strategy. In this article, you can read about how your corporate strategy can positively, and negatively, impact your supply chain.
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Industry Pulse: What is the most important aspect of your supply chain strategy?
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US e-commerce to grow 13 percent in 2013
Internet Retailer
E-commerce spending in the United States will hit approximately $262 billion this year, up 13.4 percent from $231 billion last year, according to a new projection from Forrester Research Inc. In 2017, online spending will reach $370 billion, which represents a nearly 10 percent compound annual growth rate from 2012.
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6 retail loss prevention trends for 2013
Retail's BIG Blog
Dealing with everything from shoplifting to extreme weather, the retail loss prevention profession requires constant vigilance in order to protect employees, customers and assets. While the range of threats is far-reaching, a few continuing and evolving trends are shaping the industry in profound ways.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS


Facilities to remain operational during sequester
Public Affairs
Despite sequestration, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service does not foresee any changes to its day-to-day operations. "We expect Exchange facilities to be fully functional throughout the sequester," said the Exchange's Chief of Staff Col. Thomas Ockenfels. "We continue to remain flexible as we help soldiers, airmen and their families thrive in this environment. Whether it's a Main Store, Military Clothing or a fast food restaurant, all operations will continue." Sequestration is not expected to result in the closure of Exchange facilities.
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ALA Exchange E-Blast week 3/15/13

American Logistics Association and Veterans Canteen Service

March 1, 2013 — SEE DATE CHANGE PROPOSED BELOW

Dear exhibitor,
Many of you having been asking about the 2013 VCS Show & Sell. Until this week, the VCS has been waiting for approval from the Veterans Administration. On Tuesday, VCS received concept approval for the show and we hope for final approval next week. Once received, we will notify you via email and the booth application and other details will be available for download HERE.

The dates for Show & Sell have been set for June 9-14, in St. Charles, Mo.

We sincerely hope that you have not been inconvenienced by this late decision and we thank you for your patience. You will be hearing from us shortly.


ALA Executive Briefing (archive link)

AAFES Press release Archive 2010-2012

MCX Sales January 2013

MCX Business Operations Phone Book (NEW)

NEXCOM Sales January 2013

AAFES sales flyers (to view click below)
(Savings Portal: See all the savings posted here by week from AAFES and DeCA)

www.saveourbenefit.org/ Receive money saving offers via text

Join your local Exchange Buddy List

Join our Online Savings Club

Military Life Resource Directory page

Exchange Online Store

Exchange Online Store — Savings Center

Exchange Online Mall

Join the Exchange Online SAVINGS Club (receive exclusive COUPONS)!

MCX Mailers

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View our latest market surveys

Product recalls and alerts (Exchange)

Save the dates:

April 24, 2013 — ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.

April 25–26, 2013 — ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.

Aug. 19-22, 2013 — 2013 Hawaii Trade and Food Show, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013 — 66th Annual Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.

Go to: www.ALA-National.org, sign in and CHECK OUT the information.





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AAFES: A program driving the American dream and defending those that are a part of it
1851 Franchise Magazine
Military servicemen and servicewoman have relied on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, AAFES, for 115 years. The AAFES website states the Exchange's mission loud and clear: "The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (the Exchange) has an enduring mission to provide quality merchandise and services to its customers at competitively low prices and to generate earnings which provide a dividend to support morale, welfare and recreation programs." AAFES has helped supply more than 2,000 fast food restaurants and 1,100 other facilities worldwide in more than 30 countries, five U.S. territories and 50 states according to the website.
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Service workers at base at risk of cut hours, layoffs
Springfield News-Sun
Hundreds of civilian employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base dubbed "non-appropriated funded" workers are exempt from furloughs that could affect 13,000 other civilian employees on the base, but they may not be safe from a reduction in work hours or layoffs, one supervisor said. These workers tend to children in day care, wait tables at restaurants and work on the greens at golf courses, among other jobs across the base. Their salaries are dependent on how much business the locations on base where they work generate, unlike civil service employees whose salaries are appropriated by Congress and part of sequestration.
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